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LSTD210 - Legal Ethics

Course Details

Course Code: LSTD210 Course ID: 4295 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This undergraduate course introduces students to the ethics and professional responsibilities of the legal profession. Emphasis is given to the strict regulation of the practice of law and accompanying reasons, as well as the standard of care expected by those who work in the field. Important ethical issues, such as marketing, client relationships, fees, and communications are explored. Students will analyze the model rules and their practical applications.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session
12/30/19 - 05/29/20 06/01/20 - 07/26/20 Spring 2020 Session D 8 Week session
01/27/20 - 07/03/20 07/06/20 - 08/30/20 Summer 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify an ethical issue or potential ethical problem when it occurs.
  2. Classify that issue into one of the nine broad topic headings for resolution.
  3. Research an answer or potential courses of action for the issue.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication and critical thinking skills by utilizing appropriate legal analysis and vocabulary in the production of oral and written discussions pertaining to a variety of ethical issues.

Reading Assignments: Reading assignments are provided in the Course Outline below, and are comprised of selected readings from the text, various assigned MS PowerPoint slides, and assigned legal cases.


In addition to the required readings, the student is also required to participate in the discussion forums. Please see the Course Outline and the Forums sections of the classroom for further details on the specific discussion forums and topics.

Your initial post should be made by Wednesday. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor. The forum grading rubric can be reviewed by clicking on the blue and white box beside the forum entry in the gradebook.


There are two written assignments for this course. The assignment instructions for these assignments can be found under the Assignments section of the classroom. One assignment is due Sunday of week 4. The other assignment is due Sunday of week 8.

NameGrade %
Assignments 30.00 %
Week 4 Assignment 15.00 %
Week 8 Assignment 15.00 %
Introduction Forum 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Discussion Forums 69.00 %
Week 1 Forum 8.63 %
Week 2 Forum 8.63 %
Week 3 Forum 8.63 %
Week 4 Forum 8.63 %
Week 5 Forum 8.63 %
Week 6 Forum 8.63 %
Week 7 Forum 8.63 %
Week 8 Forum 8.63 %

Please access the Bluebook at :


In addition to the required course text, the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

Oyez – Supreme Court Media

ABA Criminal Law Section

Supreme Court Website

Cornell Law Crim Law Site

Book Title:Legal Ethics in a Nutshell, 5th ed - Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:West Academic
Unit Cost:$47.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.